With increasing expectations of commercial producers, the Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) strives to ensure producers of the productive, long-term, positive return of Red Angus genetics. Powered by the Red Angus database and a GeneSeek reduced-panel DNA test, the RAAA has developed and released the Herd Navigator genetic panel.
Red Navigator provides vital genetic information on tested Red Angus-influenced commercial females. Tested females receive genetic information in the form of individual percentile rank as compared to the herd, and individual percentile rank as compared to all other Red Angus genotyped animals.
“With the rebuilding process that the cattle herd in the United States is experiencing as a whole, the Red Angus Red Navigator is a great tool to utilize for mating and culling decisions,” said Halla Pfeiff, DNA & breed improvement projects coordinator. “The Red Navigator allows producers to evaluate their own females while also comparing with the breed population.”
Traits included in the RedNavigator are Red Angus’ HerdBuilder and GridMaster Indices, all EPD traits and parent verification, given the potential sires have been tested with the RA50K test. Due to the DNA test being breed specific, the Red Navigator should only be used on females that are at least 75 percent Red Angus. The culmination of information delivered through the Red Navigator provides commercial producers with an unmatched tool for guiding their selection decisions.
To order the Red Navigator tests, producers must complete and submit the DNA order form (Excel or PDF). Blood cards will be provided free of charge. Producers ordering the Red Navigator tests must own at least one registered Red Angus bull, and the bull(s) must be transferred to the ordering producer.